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Doctor who treated COVID patients shames Gov Cuomo for playing politics with vaccine

Dr. Qanta Ahmed, a pulmonologist who has treated many critically ill COVID-19 patients, said it was “disheartening” that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s is making critical statements concerning the pending Pfizer vaccine that President Trump is touting. Cuomo has voiced distrust in the potential coronavirus vaccine because he doesn’t trust President Trump.

President Trump gave a news conference on Friday to update the nation on the status of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer. It was widely reported that the president stated that he would only send the vaccine to New York once Governor Andrew Cuomo approved it. Trump said the government will delay delivery of the vaccine to New York until the Democratic governor commits to distributing it “immediately.”

Cuomo in turn called Trump a “bully” and expressed confidence in a vaccine rollout managed by the incoming Biden administration. He is in favor of delaying the distribution of the vaccine until the Biden team can oversee it.

“He tries to bully people – he tries to bully governors, he uses government as a retaliatory tool,” Cuomo stated to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

“None of what he says is true. Surprise, surprise. As soon as Trump delivers me a dose, I will be ready to administer it. Period.”

“I’m not going to let a bully push New Yorkers around, period.”

“To hear this kind of politicking is very disheartening, but it’s also a smear on Gov. Cuomo’s own record,” Dr. Qanta Ahmed said on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”

“He did extraordinary things at the height of the crisis, collaborating with the federal government and President Trump. … He also had a very good idea doing geographical synchrony between Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York,” she said. “But right now we have 1,700 New Yorkers in hospitals. We lost 24 New Yorkers that died on Thursday. We have a rising prevalence rate.”

“This is not what we want to see and Gov. Cuomo did bring this upon himself by suggesting that he would formulate his own advisory panel if the FDA approved or provided emergency use authorization to any vaccine product,” Ahmed said.

Several companies are now in the final stages of getting approval for coronavirus vaccines. It has also been has previously reported that Cuomo has skipped 17 White House briefings on the distribution of coronavirus vaccines under the Trump administration.

“I want this to be quickly rectified,” Ahmed stated in regards to Cuomo’s reluctance to use vaccines approved under Trump.

“I want New Yorkers to have access to the vaccine as quickly as the rest of the United States, and it seems that the government of the United States is doing that and President Trump is making that possible,” she said.

Trump tweeted Saturday that Cuomo needs to “stop playing politics” with the vaccine.

The New York Attorney General’s Office released a statement saying they are prepared to sue the Trump administration should New York not receive the vaccination once it is released. Even if the vaccine is sent to New York when released, only Governor Cuomo can authorize the vaccine for the state.

Trump said he expected a coronavirus vaccine to be available for the entire population as soon as April.

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